Hard work in training is the reason behind Garbine Muguruza's run to the Wimbledon final, the 21-year-old says.
Garbine Muguruza says her "dream" of reaching a grand slam final is reward for the hard yards she puts in during training following her Wimbledon semi-final victory over Agnieszka Radwanska.
The 20th seed overcame a second-set blip to beat Radwanska 6-2 3-6 6-3 and become the first Spanish woman to make the SW19 showpiece since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1996.
Muguruza's run to the final has surprised many, not the least the 21-year-old who expressed her pride after the Centre Court triumph.
"It means a lot. You work all your life to reach a grand slam final and to be in this situation," she said. "It's like a dream, like a present after the hard work.
"I'm surprised because my two tournaments before in preparation, they were not so good. I didn't feel so good. So to be here in the final, it's amazing."
Muguruza's power saw her dominate in the early stages and, after taking the opener, she led 3-1 in the second.
However, Radwanska - runner-up in 2012 - fought back to win six straight games and Muguruza admitted nerves played a part in her dip.
"I was playing really good. I was like 'okay, wait, you're the only one that can lose this match'. I just get really nervous," she added.
"I think Radwanska, you know, she was waiting for this moment. She did good. She won the second set. But I was like 'okay, be calm. You're playing against Agnieszka. It's going to be a tough match.'
"In the third, I could find a way, as in the first set, to play more aggressive and lose the fear to win the match."